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GALA was organized to promote the arts as an essential component of a healthy community. We believe that artistic expression is a community's greatest legacy for future generations. GALA will increase awareness and appreciation of the arts by way of exhibits, instruction, theater productions, musical programs and provision of scholarships to students in local schools.

GALA, PO Box 664, Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization   Visit GALA on Facebook  
November , 2014
In This Issue
GALA News & Events
Art Shows & Exhibits
Art Classes & Instruction
Call for Artists
Quick Links
Welcome New Members!
Shirley Clark
Judy Fava
Rick Flematti 
website: rickflemattinature
Cheryl Hughes
Tracie Pouliot 
Nichole Toledo 
William Turner 

GALA Board of Directors


Kevin Bird, President
Mike Williams, Chairperson
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Vicki Heidorn, Secretary
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Chuck Heidorn 

Doreen LaScola

Newsletter Editor
Kimberly Beckham
[email protected]
Art Center Events
Confirm Dates & Times
For shows/events, please contact the facility to confirm dates and times.
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Send Us Feedback!

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The new GALA Arts Center is buzzing with activity.  Are you following the new Events Web site found here: GALA EVENTS? This is a new link that you should definitely bookmark it to keep up with the activities and events.

And don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Share our posts with your friends and followers to help us promote this great organization. Word of mouth (and social media) are great ways to get your art and our mission out to the area.

The Holidays are almost upon us!  Everyone gets very busy at the holidays, but don't forget to keep us informed of your exhibits, classes and news.

Kimberly Beckham, Editor

2014 GALA Fall Juried Show  

Nov. 14-30, 2014 to be held
 at our new Art Center 
at 205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440 

Opening Reception Friday, Nov. 14, 6-9 pm

Gallery Viewing Hours: Wednesdays: 10 am to 12 Noon

Fridays: 7 pm to 9 pm

Saturdays & Sundays: 1 pm to 4 pm 


GALA is very pleased to welcome Roger Hankins as our  juror for this exhibit. Roger is the Director and Curator of the Iris and B. Gerald  Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. Roger resides in Central Massachusetts and has been a practicing artist most of his life. Hankins primarily works in ceramics and was educated at UC Davis where he studied with sculptor, Robert Arneson. Prior to moving to Massachusetts to direct the Cantor in 2001, Roger was the Director of the Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California at Davis for 20 years.

Join us at the Opening Reception to Meet our Artists! Juror Awards will be announced at 7 pm during the Reception.

Popular Choice Award Winners will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 30th at 3:30 pm.

For Artists Exhibiting - Dates to Remember:

Art Drop-off at Art Center:

Sat. Nov. 8, 10 am-12 pm
or by arrangement, but no later than Nov. 10th 

Art Pick-up at Art Center:

Sun. Nov. 30, 4:15-5:15 pm or by arrangement  

Questions?  Email  [email protected] 


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Art Center Events   

This past month the Art Center has hosted a number of great events including the Artists Circle, ARTLab, Artworks Photo Shoots and more!

You don't want to miss out on any of the great events at the new GALA Art Center at School Street.  Click on this link and bookmark it so that you have the current events list close at hand:   Art Center Event


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  Guy Biechele, First Place, Annual Photography Exhibit, Jaffrey NH
 "GALA member Guy Biechele received the First Place Award
at the Annual Photography Exhibit held at the Jaffrey Civic Center."

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the winners of the recent exhibit, The Annual Photography Exhibit, which hung in the 2nd floor Cunningham Gallery, and ran from August 22 through September 27.

As usual, the public was welcomed and admission was free.  Honors were awarded based on votes submitted by visitors to the gallery.  The winning purses are made possible by the Kana Riley Poetic and Artistic Fund.

Left to right are: Guy Biechele of Athol, MA, with his 1st place photograph, "Evening Sky", and Gerrit Bradley of Swampcott, MA and Jaffrey, NH with his Honorable Mention, "Duomo of Florence".

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire (next to Library, parking in rear.) Hours at the Center are Tues 10-6, Wed -Fri 1-5, Sat 10-2.  For more information about the exhibits, classes and events either call 603-532-6527 or visit our website,

Visit Guy's website here:

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 Doreen LaScola at The Davis Art Gallery, Worcester  MA
Doreen LaScola's mixed media piece "In the beginning..." was accepted to the juried art exhibit entitled "Drawing" at The Davis Art Gallery, 44 Portland Street, Worcester, MA .

The show runs through January 9, 2015.

For Gallery and Show Info:  The Davis Art Gallery.

To View More of Doreen's Works Click Here.

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Joanne Holtje, Exhibits in Hardwick & Worcester MA 
"Recurring Thoughts"

"Autumn Sugar Maple"
Joanne Holtje has a solo exhibit called "A Place in Mind,
paintings by Joanne Holtje" at The Center at Eagle Hill from
October 18, 2014 - January 31, 2015.

Gallery Hours:  Weekdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.

The Center at Eagle Hill
242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 01037


Joanne will also have a series of paintings on display at the Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608  from now through early February, 2015.   They will be hanging in the front windows, so stroll by any time to enjoy them.

Visit Joanne's website here:

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 Alicia Drakiotes, News & Events
Alicia Drakiotes  will be a featured artist at Ramunto's, 176 Main St, Keene, NH from October 29th through December 28th. An opening Meet and Greet will be held November 8th from 3 to 6 p.m., all are invited.
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"A Garden Party" Exhibit at Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

"A Garden Party"
Paintings by Jeanie Doris

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the exhibit of oil paintings by Jeanie Doris in the first floor Auditorium Gallery going on now through November 15th.  

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Tues: 10-6, Wed-Fri 1-5, Sat 10-2. Admission is always free.

For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at [email protected], visit our website,

"On the Water" at Petersham Art Center - Petersham, MA
" On the Water," an exhibit of fine art photography by Sandra Whaley of Petersham, MA will be on display at the Petersham Art Center beginning Sunday, November 9, until Thursday, December 4. The grand opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 9, from 3-5PM. Everyone is invited to meet the artist and to celebrate the occasion with fine refreshments and fun.

Sandra Whaley studied graphic art and photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is also known for creating softly impressionistic waterscapes and landscapes, from rocky Maine coast to the tropical essences of Florida.

The Petersham Art Center is located at 8 North Main Street, just off Rt. 32. The Art Center is open Wed-Sun, 12Noon to 4PM, to view exhibits and for gifts of fine art, craft, antiques and collectibles. Call the Center at 978-724-3415 for more information.
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"The Art of Miniatures" at Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH
The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host this exceptional exhibit of work by Michele Carter and Dan Worsham called "The Art of Miniatures" in the first floor Display Cases from Friday, October 17 through Thursday, November 13th.

Dan Worsham and his wife, Michele Carter, are creative partners in PepperWood Miniatures, Dan is now creating one-inch scale oil paintings that are copies of famous master works, and Art Nouveau style lamps and windows using classic Tiffany patterns as well as his own designs. He saw an opportunity to take his vast knowledge of oil painting and art glass and applying it to miniatures. With their exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center, they hope to introduce visitors to the art of 1/12th scale miniatures. Many hours of research go into making and finding historically correct furniture and accessories for the historic roomboxes that Michele creates. And both Dan and Michele build some of their own furniture for their rooms.  They hope you will agree that these exhibits are not your average dollhouse hobby.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, next to Library, parking in rear. Hours are Tues: 10-6, Wed-Fri 1-5, Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail them at [email protected],  visit their website,

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Basket Making Class - Petersham Art Center, Petersham, MA   
Basket Making at Petersham Art Center

The Petersham Art Center is pleased to announce that Susan Morello from Sheldon Farm Baskets of Barre will return again by popular demand to present a basket making class on Saturday, November 8, from 9AM-12Noon. The class will learn to make a sturdy market basket that can be used to gather fruit, carry provisions, display bouquets, or for picnicking and just plain fun.

Sue Morello (pictured) is a retired teacher who has been handcrafting Shaker-style baskets for about 25 years. The project will be a market basket made from weavers of ash and an oaken handle. The basket is deep and spacious, which makes it a good size to easily carry and hold many treasures. These one-of-a-kind baskets will add a personal creative touch to your home and become family heirlooms to hand down over time.

The class is $15 for members and $30 for non-members. There is a $16 materials fee which is
paid to the instructor. Teens to adults are invited to attend. Call the Petersham Art Center at
978-724-3415 for more information and to register. Space is limited so call soon! The Art Center
is located at 8 North Street, off Route 32, near the Petersham Common.

Find The Petersham Art Center on Facebook by clicking here.

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Discussion of BF Brown/North Main Revitalization, Fitchburg, MA
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Please join us for an open discussion about the revitalization of BF Brown and the North of Main neighborhood.

We invite you to share your experiences, ideas, and questions with us and the architect. There will be time to mingle and enjoy some refreshments, ask questions and share ideas, and a meet-and-greet opportunity with the architect.

Please use the Elm Street entrance of the Museum.

We hope you can make it!  Click This Link to REGISTER.


Alexandra Moore
Cultural District Community Organizer
Twin Cities Community Development Corporation
978.400.0173 / 774.535.1149

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Annual Autumn Area Art Exhibit, Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH 
The Jaffrey Civic Center announces the final exhibit for this year!  The entry fee is $25 per person, maximum 2 entries, both 2 and 3 dimensional art welcome in all mediums.  Two dimensional art must be framed and read to hang with a wire.  Artwork does not have to be for sale.  Sales Commission is 30%.  Each artist may also submit 2 non-framed, matted and plastic covered pieces for the floor portfolio.  Wall pieces for the mult-media portion may not exceed 30" including frame in either direction.  Photo submissions cannot exceed 36" in either direction.

Prizes for First and Second Place winners courtesy of The Kana Riley Poetic and Artistic Fund.  Winners are decided by Public attendance voting.  Separate voting and awards by division.  For full details and a registration form, click here. 

The opening of the Show is Friday, Nov. 21st with refreshments and opportunity to meet the artists.  Admission is free. 

If you have any questions, please call (532-6527) or e-mail at [email protected]. Hours are: Tues: 10-6 / Wed - Fri: 1-5 / and Sat: 10-2.

You can find out more information about the Center at their website:

Open Themed Show, Post Road Art Center - Marlborough, MA 

The Post Road Art Center will be having an open themed art exhibit in December. If you would like to submit artwork to this show, the drop-off dates are November 17-24th during our normal business hours. The judge for this show is Bob Collins, teacher at the Danforth Museum School and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The opening reception will be Thursday, December 4th from 5:30-8:00pm. For more information and the registration form please visit the following link.  Post Road Art Center Registration.

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road E
Marlborough, Ma. 01752

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Exhibit Opportunity, Coffeelands Cafe, Clinton, MA
Calling all artists - Coffeelands Cafe in Clinton has opened up space on one of their walls to showcase local artisans and look forward to hosting your pieces!  Are you a sculptor, painter, or photographer?  Woodworker?  Send them a photo of the piece or pieces that you would like to exhibit!  

While they have not drawn up specific regulations for the type of art that may be displayed in the cafe, they do wish to review each proposed piece before it is displayed and reserve the right to respectfully decline any piece for any reason.
  • The artist is responsible for the installation and removal of his or her work.  Artists should be respectful of other artists when displaying their pieces - please take up only as much space as is needed and understand that other artists will be displaying their works near yours.
  • Each piece may be displayed for up to eight weeks to allow all artists the opportunity to showcase their work.
  • All art displayed in the cafe must be available for sale, on consignment.
  • Consignment terms are 70/30, with 70% of the sale price of the piece going to the artist and 30% going to the cafe.  When an item sells, we will notify the artist by e-mail and will have a check sent to him or her in approximately two weeks.
  • All pieces must be pre-approved by cafe management prior to its installation.  This should be done by e-mailing an image of the piece with its dimensions.  
About The Coffeelands Cafe

The Cafe is a project of the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, Inc., a non-profit organization.  Read more about them at their website:

Coffeelands Cafe - 50 High Street - Clinton, MA 01510 - 978-733-4277
Store Manager - Michelle Miller - [email protected]
Artist Fellowships, Massachusetts Cultural Council
MCC has announced that the 2015 Artist Fellowships guidelines, dates, and deadlines are now available at this link:  Guidelines.  MCC's Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously-judged grants for Massachusetts individual artists, with awards based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the original work submitted.

This cycle, applications are accepted in the following categories:

Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography
Online applications available: December 15, 2014 
Application deadline: January 26, 2015

Read tips on applying.

Visual arts disciplines (this year, that includes Crafts, Photography, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres) will now be accepted through

Program Guidelines 

Visit the MCC online at:

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Treasured Places, Protected Spaces - Keene, NH
The Historical Society of Cheshire County has just released the prospectus & registration form for their exciting new art exhibit "Treasured Places, Protected Spaces" scheduled for May- Sept 2015.

The exhibit will consist of artwork depicting historic, conservation, or other protected properties in a widespread area under the rather loose canopy of "Monadnock Region" (it covers areas as far north as Hillsborough and as far east as Milford and all the way out to the VT and MA borders on west and south).

Click here to read additional information in their brochure. 

For further information contact event chair:  Alicia Drakiotes at [email protected]  or Alan Rumrill at HSCC, 246 Main St, Keene,NH

For more info on the Historical Society of Cheshire County's Exhibits, click here.
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Mass Cultural Council - ArtSake Calls for Artists - Various Locations
ArtSake, the Massachusetts Cultural Council blog, contains a page, updated periodically of many Call to Artist opportunities for all media and performing artists around the Commonwealth.  Find it at this link:

Great link to bookmark and visit often.
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ExhibitOppsExhibit & Other Opportunities for Artists - Ongoing
Exhibit Opportunities
 Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center Gardner, MA  (GALA Sponsored Venue)
Contact Vicki Heidorn at
[email protected] or 978-630-2340

The Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery  Townsend, MA
Contact Alice Struthers at [email protected] or 978-597-2057

River's Edge Arts Alliance  Hudson, MA

The Arts Alliance has quarterly exhibits at the Hudson Town Hall, so if you are interested in a solo exhibit of your work, contact Lyn Johnson at (978) 562-1646 or [email protected].


Falmouth Artists Guild  Falmouth, MA

Post Road Art Center  Marlborough, MA

Levi Heywood Memorial Library Gardner, MA 

The Library is always looking for exhibitors to show their work in the Art Gallery.
If you are interested in exhibiting as an individual or a group,
please see the guidelines and other pertinent information here.

You can contact the Library Director, Kathleen D. Leslie at 978-632-5298 or [email protected]


Workers' Credit Union  Gardner, MA
The bank offers the opportunity for a small display of artwork at the 171 Main St. branch in Gardner. For more info, contact Monica Whitehouse at 978-632-9207.
Art & Music Instruction Opportunity
The West Boylston Arts Foundation (WBAF) is always looking for artists, crafters, or musicians that would like to offer workshops or classes. Donating a portion of the course fee to the WBAF to support school arts & music would be most welcome. If interested, please contact Mark Baldi (508) 767-2803 - work  (508) 835-6489 - home
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MusicMusic & Performing Arts Opportunities

ACT Kids Winter Musical, ACT Theater Company - Andover, MA
Be part of our ACT Kids Winter Musical...Space is filling up...don't miss the adventure in
Hundred Acre Woods!

Who: For students 2nd grade-6th grade
Rehearsals: Monday & Thursday, 5:30-7:00, Sunday 1:00-3:00
Where: ACT Theater Company, North Andover, MA
Show Dates: January 9th and 10th
Tuition: $300
Audition Dates: November 10th & 12th, 5:30-7:00*
 *All students must be registered in advance. All registrants are cast in the show.

Register today!
Limited Availability.  All registrations are final and non-refundable.

Questions? Contact Cara Kennedy at  [email protected].


Young Artist Band Competition - Hudson, MA
The River's Edge Arts Alliance and River's Edge Community Band announce a Young Artist Band Competition. Young Artist Band Competition for students who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.  Auditions by appointment on Dec. 6, 2014.  Winner will perform a solo with the River's Edge Community Band at an evening concert on March 29, 2015.  First Runner up will have the opportunity to perform in the lobby before the concert. 

Students must be in Grade 12 or younger at date of performance, reside in Hudson or one of its surrounding towns or be a student or child of a River's Edge Arts Alliance member. Present a letter of application signed by a parent or guardian; Present a letter of recommendation from a private instructor or school band/orchestra director.  Submit $25 fee with application.  Submit  application by Nov. 29, 2014.  Audition time will be arranged upon receipt of application.
Click Here for an application

Visit their website at for more info. 

River's Edge Arts Alliance
155 Apsley Street
Hudson MA  01749



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ResourcesResources for Artists
Custom Canvas Stretching - Service Offered

Doreen LaScola offers services for stretching custom sized blank canvases. You supply the materials, and she will do the work. Please call 978-297-3427 for a labor-only quote and to arrange an appointment.  Contact Doreen by email at: [email protected]

The Central Mass chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art
The Central Mass chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art (CMWCA) is accepting new memberships.   We are a national organization that supports, develops and celebrates art making by women.  We create exhibition opportunities; network with artists regionally, nationally and internationally;  and offer educational programs locally. We are organized as an artists' collective where each member contributes to our vision and works as needed to carry our mission forward.

For more information, see our websites: and


Art Support

Art Support is a website dedicated to providing support and resources for artists of all types. The following is just a small list of support provided to artists: 
Organizations Helping Visual Artists, US Government Art Organizations, State Agencies and Art Commissions, Non Governmental Art Organizations, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Laws Regarding Visual Arts, Artist Consultants, Grants for Artists & Grant Assistance, Artist Health Insurance, and many other legal support and resources for Massachusetts artists.      

Massachusetts Cultural Council
(MCC) and check out the MCC blog ArtSake

Leominster Art Cener has launched a new website: 
The Painter's Keys where you can subscribe to twice weekly letters from artist Robert Genn.

Visit the Arts Marketing Project website for info, ideas, tools and training on marketing art.
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SubmitNewsNewsletter Submissions
Have news about exhibits, awards, events, classes, Call for Artists or other art info?

Please send your news "publication ready" to [email protected]
See previous newsletters 
for example formats and the type of info to provide.

We strongly recommend that you include a digital image related to the news
as well as your website address & links to any venues.  

Image filenames should include the name of the artist and the work.   

Please post your press releases online whenever possible and submit a link.  


Submission deadline is generally the 23rd of each month for publication on the 1st.
Inclusion of items/announcements is always at the discretion of GALA,
but inclusion of submissions from non-members is limited to
information deemed to be of benefit to GALA members.
All Star Award
2013 Winner

GALA won Constant Contact's All Star Award 5 years in a row (2008-2013) for demonstrating best practices in the use of email marketing.
Award winners were selected from over 500,000 organizations in recognition for setting the standard of being a responsible, engaged, professional, and successful online marketer.
GALA continues its efforts to put out an informational, entertaining newsletter every month to inform its members of recent, current and future art news.
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